Monday, May 25, 2009

The unspoken message is...

...that in order for locals to be guaranteed jobs, they are going to have to terrorize or kill immigrants until they leave.

Wall Street Journal Online
Business:Economy
Job Fight: Immigrants vs. Locals
MAY 23, 2009
By MIRIAM JORDAN

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. -- Hard times recently drew scores of locals and immigrants to a cold sidewalk in this town, where they spent an anxious night waiting to compete for jobs in a slaughterhouse...

...The rising friction has been on display at the employment center here. When Tyson put out an earlier call for applications, in February, shoving and cursing broke out between locals and immigrants jockeying for position at the head of the line. With too few jobs to go around, outraged locals demanded that the work go to residents, not immigrant workers from outside Shelbyville...

...The battle in Shelbyville reflects not only American workers' reversing fortunes, but also the shrinking opportunities for many immigrants. President Barack Obama and leaders in both parties have said they hope to vote on comprehensive immigration reform. Lawmakers who take a strict line on illegal immigration, such as Texas Rep. Lamar Smith and Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, both Republicans, have said legalizing undocumented workers would hurt American workers during an economic downturn...

...One of the few places still hiring is Shelbyville's largest employer -- the sprawling Tyson factory between West Jackson and Pencil streets, which employs 1,400 people and processes 1.3 million chickens a week.

Tyson has long had near-constant openings here, with many jobs going to immigrants. While the company doesn't track the proportion of its labor force that is foreign, a spokesman says the Shelbyville plant employs people from the Middle East, Asia and Africa, including about 200 from Somalia...

...As recession crimps worker mobility, new jobs here have become scarce, fueling the shoving match at Shelbyville's employment center on Feb. 9...

...Tyson had asked the agency to take 100 applications, state officials say. When the doors opened, job seekers jostled to get inside. Resettlement agency officials say disgruntled Americans tried to cut in front of the foreigners. Locals blame the foreigners for starting to shove. Police were called to restore order. No one was arrested.

Fingerpointing began. Some locals blamed Tyson, commenting on the Web site of the Shelbyville Times-Gazette that the company receives a subsidy for hiring foreign workers. (The company says this isn't true.) The Times-Gazette itself faulted Washington. In an editorial, the paper argued that the government gives foreign-born applicants an unfair edge because it gives taxpayer dollars to nonprofit organizations that help settle refugees -- including groups that bused refugees to town to apply for jobs.

Local politicians joined the fray. "I don't mean to be discriminating [against] black, white, Hispanic," says Eugene Ray, the mayor of Bedford County, which includes Shelbyville. "I want the local people to have the opportunity first."

The county mayor called a meeting with Tyson management at his office. All six city council members visited the plant to voice their displeasure.

Tyson countered that hiring Shelbyville residents first "would be discriminatory and in violation of equal employment law," according to a letter to the Times-Gazette by Tyson complex manager Wally Taylor...

...Over the next month, calls to applicants trickled in from Tyson. The employment center says 51 of the applicants it referred were hired.

Those included all but three of the 17 Burmese applicants at the front of line...


So Tyson's reply to the disgruntled local workers really means: if you want jobs in American businesses, you're going to have to get rid of the immigrants, one way or another.

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see where this will lead. Homeless and starving people don't care about "rights" for foreigners. They want jobs and if the foreigners are preventing them from having jobs, then, well, I wouldn't want to be a foreigner or be someone who even looks like a foreigner in that town or any other like it - would you?

2 comments:

Aliza "La Jewminicana" Hausman said...

As the child of Dominican immigrants, this kind of stuff just scares me. The violence against Latinos has escalated since Obama got into the white house, a manifestation of hate towards "immigrants" and non-whites. This is a terrifying world we're living in when people feel they literally have to fight (and kill) to gain control over their own lives.

Ahavah Gayle said...

And it seems inevitable that religious and ethnic hatred go hand in hand. Not only will people of color be targeted, but Jews in general as well regardless of their skintone After all, aren't we supposed to be the evil world power that controls all the money? It's amazing how many people believe this junk, and not just white supremacists.

(And if that's so, why don't I have any money?)